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France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by neverfail » Tue May 01, 2018 3:25 am

http://www.news.com.au/national/breakin ... 52e7d6bdde

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Sydney ahead of talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with trade and security expected to top the agenda.

Is this a sign that France is beginning to take the Asia-Pacific region much more seriously?

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by Sertorio » Tue May 01, 2018 3:39 am

neverfail wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 3:25 am
http://www.news.com.au/national/breakin ... 52e7d6bdde

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Sydney ahead of talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with trade and security expected to top the agenda.

Is this a sign that France is beginning to take the Asia-Pacific region much more seriously?
It's France trying to give the impression that it still counts for anything on world affairs. Please take him for a tour of the country and, if possible, keep him there for the next few years... :D

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by SteveFoerster » Tue May 01, 2018 10:00 am

neverfail wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 3:25 am
http://www.news.com.au/national/breakin ... 52e7d6bdde

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Sydney ahead of talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with trade and security expected to top the agenda.

Is this a sign that France is beginning to take the Asia-Pacific region much more seriously?
Well, there are over half a million French citizens living in various territories dotting the Pacific, so it's not like they would completely ignore it.
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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by neverfail » Wed May 02, 2018 4:50 am

SteveFoerster wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 10:00 am


Well, there are over half a million French citizens living in various territories dotting the Pacific, so it's not like they would completely ignore it.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41857692

France plans New Caledonia self-rule referendum in 2018

Just to mention the most populous of those French Pacific islands.

New caledonia (I was there for a few weeks in 1982) apparently has approx. one quarter of the World's known nickel reserves.

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by cassowary » Wed May 02, 2018 5:40 am

neverfail wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 4:50 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 10:00 am


Well, there are over half a million French citizens living in various territories dotting the Pacific, so it's not like they would completely ignore it.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41857692

France plans New Caledonia self-rule referendum in 2018

Just to mention the most populous of those French Pacific islands.

New caledonia (I was there for a few weeks in 1982) apparently has approx. one quarter of the World's known nickel reserves.





What does self rule mean? Something short of full independence?

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by neverfail » Wed May 02, 2018 3:25 pm

cassowary wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 5:40 am
neverfail wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 4:50 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 10:00 am


Well, there are over half a million French citizens living in various territories dotting the Pacific, so it's not like they would completely ignore it.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41857692

France plans New Caledonia self-rule referendum in 2018

Just to mention the most populous of those French Pacific islands.

New caledonia (I was there for a few weeks in 1982) apparently has approx. one quarter of the World's known nickel reserves.





What does self rule mean? Something short of full independence?
Not sure Cass but like you I get the "drift" that this is what it implies.

On New Caledonia they would be crazy to break entirely with France. I get the impression that despite the island's woes it is subsidies from metropolitan France that keep their island's economy afloat.

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by lzzrdgrrl » Wed May 02, 2018 6:34 pm

Bloody hell..... Macron's gone off the plate. He's in a parallel universe..... :o ............
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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by uche africanus » Wed May 02, 2018 6:55 pm

France is now a small beer of a country. Outside of West and Central Africa, it really does not carry much influence. And it’s African empire will not survive for long.

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by cassowary » Wed May 02, 2018 7:29 pm

uche africanus wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 6:55 pm
France is now a small beer of a country. Outside of West and Central Africa, it really does not carry much influence. And it’s African empire will not survive for long.
Empire? I thought the French empire is long gone.

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Re: France's president arrives in Sydney

Post by cassowary » Wed May 02, 2018 7:31 pm

neverfail wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 3:25 pm
cassowary wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 5:40 am
neverfail wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 4:50 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 10:00 am


Well, there are over half a million French citizens living in various territories dotting the Pacific, so it's not like they would completely ignore it.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41857692

France plans New Caledonia self-rule referendum in 2018

Just to mention the most populous of those French Pacific islands.

New caledonia (I was there for a few weeks in 1982) apparently has approx. one quarter of the World's known nickel reserves.





What does self rule mean? Something short of full independence?
Not sure Cass but like you I get the "drift" that this is what it implies.

On New Caledonia they would be crazy to break entirely with France. I get the impression that despite the island's woes it is subsidies from metropolitan France that keep their island's economy afloat.
I agree. This is different from Catalonia where the rest of Spain is being subsidized by Catalonia.

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